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Counseling & Psychological Services

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to assist our students in attaining greater knowledge about themselves and their relationships with others, to identify their strengths, and some of the challenges they face in making healthy and meaningful choices and achieving personal and academic success at Mills College. Toward that end, CAPS offers confidential counseling, psycho-education and outreach, crisis intervention, faculty and staff consultation, campus resources, and community referrals. CAPS is committed to a holistic concept of individual development and a multicultural perspective on personal and social transformation.

CAPS Counseling Center

The CAPS Counseling Center is staffed by professional counselors from varied ethnic, educational, and experiential backgrounds. We offer counseling, workshops, and referrals and are here to help you. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us to answer questions such as:

  • How might counseling be helpful?
  • What kinds of problems do people talk about in counseling?
  • What services are offered at the Counseling Center?
  • How do I make an appointment?
  • How would I refer a friend or student?


If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our counselors:
  • Come into the Cowell Building or call 510.430.2111, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork including a form about your availability.
  • You will then be given an appointment to meet with one of our counselors.
  • We also have urgent, same-day appointments available. If you feel that you need to see someone urgently, please let our front desk staff know.
  • If you do not feel comfortable calling or coming to the front desk, you can email Please note, this email is only to be used for non-urgent concerns related to information or scheduling.
In case of emergency, call 911 and/or campus safety at 510.430.5555.

For more information, please call us at 510.430.2111.

Please note: Counseling records are not part of a student's education record.

Find a Therapist in the Community

The Shrink Space is a referral website Mills College has partnered with to help students connect with off-campus providers. Visit The Shrink Space to search for providers who meet your particular needs.

Free Online Resource for Mills Students

Stressed or anxious? Struggling with depression? Needing a confidence boost? Check out TAO—Therapy Assistance Online. This is a free, confidential self-help resource from Mills that will guide you through a series of interactive lessons to help enhance your well-being from the comfort of your own space. TAO is especially helpful for:

  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Coping with depression
  • Relaxation tools
  • How to manage difficulties in friendships and relationships
  • Increasing confidence and self-esteem

Visit TAO—Therapy Assistance Online to create your unique login (using your Mills email address) and get started.

Our Counseling and Psychological Services staff offers crisis intervention, time-limited individual and group psychotherapy, resources, and referrals to Mills students. Our licensed clinicians train and supervise our pre-doctoral psychology staff. CAPS may refer you for off-campus services after initial assessment if we determine our services will not meet your needs, per our Scope of Services.